Alexis Sanchez has been instrumental in Arsenal’s success this year and has been a key member of their squad throughout his first season in English football. The Chilean, who joined the club from Barcelona last summer, has settled immediately at the Emirates Stadium and has chipped in with a number of important goals.
Meanwhile, he has developed an excellent relationship with Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil in attack, and Arsene Wenger will be quietly confident of challenging for the Premier League title next year. We take a look at the 26-year-old and discuss whether or not he deserves to be included in this campaign’s team of the year.
The signing of the summer
It could be argued that Sanchez was the signing of the summer – and Arsenal fans know it. The club managed to convince the Chilean to join them at the Emirates rather than Liverpool and he has had an immediate impact at Arsenal. Sanchez has scored 22 goals in all competitions this year, with 14 of those coming in the Premier League. The former Barcelona forward has shown his class throughout the year and Gunners supporters should be excited looking ahead to next season.
Without him, where would the Gunners be?
Sanchez carried Arsenal through matches at one stage in the season, and the Gunners have him to thank for their rise up the Premier League table. Although they lost Giroud and Ozil to injury, the Chilean raised his game and his individual talent helped Arsenal to win matches that they would have drawn in previous years. Wenger’s side were sixth after their defeat to Tottenham but Sanchez has inspired them to win eight straight league matches and they now sit second. Without him, it could have been a totally different story for Arsenal this year.
Would he get into the team of the season?
Sanchez’s performances certainly warrant a place in the team of the season, and it is likely that the Chilean will feature in most squads – including the Bookies team of the year. Wenger believes that the Arsenal forward will challenge Chelsea’s Eden Hazard for the player of the season and one could definitely produce a good argument for the 26-year-old. Although he has had a quieter second half of the campaign, Sanchez deserves his spot after a very successful year and it is likely that he will only improve further next season.